Many people are unaware where that cute puppy in the pet shop window actually does come from. Often you will hear a Pet Shop Assistant tell you ‘we get our puppies from registered breeders’.
Ethical registered breeders would not sell their puppies to Pet Shops, firstly because they are protective of their breed and secondly they can actually make more money selling their puppies directly. Additionally, when you see a complete mixed breed, the person who bred that dog, was not a registered breeder.
Some puppy farm/puppy mill puppies are sold to pet shops; they are usually sold via a broker – middle man. Puppies are normally taken from their mother at 5-6 weeks and are marketed as eight weeks of age ‘the smaller, the cuter’.
The lineage records of puppy farm/mill dogs are often falsified. Other puppy farm/mill puppies are sold directly to the public, including over the Internet, and through newspaper advertisements.
So where do these puppies come from, what is a puppy farm?
A puppy farm or puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation that places profit over the well-being of its dogs—that are often severely neglected—and acts without regard to responsible breeding practices.
Puppy farms are legal in Australia, though breeders must comply with very minimal standards.
Pets Haven has worked for many years in investigating puppy farms. Upon our investigations, evidence and appropriate documentation is provided to governing authorities.
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